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Sticky Brake (Mechanical)
My front brake on my Inbred is abit sticky. The lever has alot more play back and forth, up and down than the back brake and it's getting worse, to the point where I squeeze it and it locks up, thus sending me over the bars and into the road.
Normally I would put this down to rusting inside the cable outer, but the cable is about 2 months old, probably not even that.

It feels like the brake pads are locking, but I can't really see what could cause that, and when it happens the lever jams back quite tight.

Any ideas?
My riding is more up and down than the damn area I live in! And the tart's knickers who lives next door - Combined!  :o
Being a mechanical brake there are lots of reasons the brake could be applied without intention, but your description sound like either the torque arm is sticking or the inner cable is hanging up.
Both these would mean the brake never releases properly so when you pull the lever you have a lot of nothing travel & then almost instant lock up. Check the end of the inner cable for fraying & the pivot of the arm on the caliper for signs of corrosion.

[edit]is that the cable that stood between your headtube & the height barrier?  Could easily be cable damage then.[edit]

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